What you need to know
- Remastering old classics has become something of a trend in recent times.
- The latest game to follow this is Shadow Man, an action-adventure game for the N64.
- The remastered title will support technologies like 4k resolution and HDR.
- It's coming in 2021 for the PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Shadow Man was a unique action-adventure game originally developed by Acclaim Studios for the N64, and was later brought to PC, the original Playstation, and even the Dreamcast back in 1999. Nightdive Studios recoved the title and re-released it in 2014, and now they're back again, with intentions to fully remaster the classic game with modern technologies. Shadow Man Remastered will come in 2021 for the PC on GOG, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch.
The remaster adds support for 4K resolutions, HDR, anti-aliasing, and a whole host of other features including refined art, audio, and textures. The remastered game should also include content cut from the original game, expanding on what Shadow Man already offered. Of course, the game will also add support for the controllers for each respective platform it'll be released on, making it easy to jump in and play.
Nightdive Studios is responsible for a ton of remastered classic games, including System Shock, Turok and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, and more. The remaster was also announced alongside a new comic series revolving around Shadow Man that's coming much earlier, on May 20, 2020. If the remaster is done well, this could be a fantastic way for fans of the original to enjoy it again with modern amenities, as well as new gamers to witness a gem from the late 1990's.
For those of you who don't know, Shadow Man is a supernatural action-adventure game revolving around a hero that protects the world from an army of demons lurking in a sinister place known as Deadside. The original was pretty well-liked at the time, and become something of a cult hit before being "lost" until it's re-release in 2014.
Are you going to pick up Shadow Man Remastered when it comes out? Did you play the original? Let us know in the commets below!
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I love what Nightdive Studios are doing in recovering and preserving these classic games so they don't become lost to history. N64 was renowned for its colourful and cartoonish games but Shadow Man stood out for being so dark. Another upcoming game they are working on is PowerSlave which was called Exhumed here in Europe. Fond memories playing this on my Sega Saturn so will also be buying this day one.
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